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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Saturday Snippets


A little weekend fare...:

1) Just discovered that David Wells' great "Prime Numbers: The Most Mysterious Figures In Math" book is available as a free download here:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/131913331/Prime-Numbers-the-Most-Mysterious-Figures-in-Math-D-Wells

This is a great resource on primes.

2) Listen to math writer Marcus du Sautoy briefly expound (less than 2 minutes) on why Andrew Wiles' proof of Fermat's Last Theorem is the "most important British innovation of the 20th century" here:

http://www.topbritishinnovations.org/PastInnovations/ProofofFermatsLastTheorem.aspx

3) From the brief to the extended... tangential to math but too good not to pass along… the 2-hour "2013 Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate: The Existence of Nothing;" cosmology/philosophy discussion with 5 participants, Richard Gott, Jim Holt, Lawrence Krauss, Charles Seife and Eva Silverstein, moderated by Neil deGrasse Tyson (a real mix of ideas to chew on):




http://www.amnh.org/explore/amnh.tv/%28category%29/52915

ADDENDUM: I now have an interview up with prolific writer Clifford Pickover over at the MathTango blog:

http://mathtango.blogspot.com/2013/03/clifford-pickover-one-man-carnival.html


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